JAN “YARN” WOSITZKY – The Go Between William Murrungurk Buckley

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JAN “YARN” WOSITZKY – The Go Between William Murrungurk Buckley

Through the amazing story of escaped convict William Buckley (1780 – 1856) Jan “Yarn” Wositzky tells the story of the first attempted white settlement on Port Phillip (1803), of the Wathaurong people of the Geelong with whom Buckley lived for 32 years as Murrungurk and then of Melbourne’s beginning (1835-7) – where Buckley became the go-between, dealing with John Batman and his attempts to buy the land off the Wurundjeri people, and the other colonists such as John Fawkner. Story theatre of William Buckley at Qdos Fine Arts with lots of visual content.

“Gave children a unique perspective of how Melbourne evolved and of the uneasy relationship between cultures. The children listened intently and Jan had their attention for the full session. We loved the printed images on shirts and signposts to reinforce the information.” (Adam Watman, Caulfield Grammar)